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Daytrips from Kutaisi

Daytrips from Kutaisi Kutaisi is a perfect base to explore the Imereti region and actually the whole of Western Georgia. Everything from Batumi to the remote villages in the Caucasus is actually within a day-trip radius. Some of the places we have enjoyed the most ourselves: 1. Renegade Tea Estate - of course, firstly we invite you to visit our tea plantations! It's less than 15km from the centre of Kutaisi. Come and see how it looks when a tea plantation has been abandoned for 25 years and learn what we have done to make them productive again. And of course, we can show around in our tea factory, explain how tea is made and taste it as well. Learn...

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What to do in Kutaisi

More often than not, I see people leaving Kutaisi out of their travel plans when coming to Georgia. Maybe half a day after the arrival or half a day before the departure, because people don't know what to do in Kutaisi.  It is true that Kutaisi is not a typical tourist hotspot and it's challenging to stay in competition with Tbilisi, seaside, wine regions, mountains and everything else you have in Georgia. But after calling Kutaisi my second home for nearly 2 years, I have started to appreciate the place more and more - its people, its slow and relaxed beat...So, if you want to sense the true authentic Georgia, but are not into hiking boots or giving up your wifi...

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2 summers in Kutaisi as an expat

Kutaisi - one of the oldest cities in Europe, nowadays the second biggest city in Georgia, also the capital of the Imereti region and the de facto capital of the whole Western Georgia!  As impressive as all this sounds, Kutaisi is not really a big city. And it is definitely not one of those places that hit you with beauty and charm the moment you step out from the airport (the 25 min trip from the airport to the centre can be actually quite upsetting to the inexperienced traveller from Western Europe). But sometimes the first impression can be deceiving. After calling Kutaisi my second home for 2 years, I suddenly realized that without fully noticing it myself, I have...

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How is it to live in Georgia?

Where did you get the courage to move to Georgia? How much does it cost to live in Georgia? What do you eat in Georgia? We have heard all those questions after packing our things up in Estonia and Lithuania and moving to Georgia for the main part of the year. Let’s try to answer those questions and who knows, maybe we’ll see you in Georgia as well! 1. Three kinds of Georgia One of the first things that need to be pointed out is, that Georgia can be very different depending on the region. Tbilisi is the modern part with startups and coffee shops, Batumi is filled with high glass buildings, golden carousels, bars, casinos and beaches. And then...

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Moved my family to Georgia... Wait, what?

I am writing this blog post while sitting on the balcony of our home here in Georgia. It is about 30 degrees Celsius outside, the sun is out and I can feel a nice warm breeze on my face. There’s a view both to the Kutaisi city and to the snowy hilltops and I find myself thinking “WHAT? Is this for real?” It is even more surreal when I am standing in the middle of the tea fields, mountains in the background.

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